mrp leo asked in PetsReptiles · 1 decade ago

what are the steps to making a incubator out of a styrofoame boxs ?

list details and all thanks


also the fish tank way would be apprecitead

1 Answer

  • 1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    We've had excellent success with this method when breeding tortoises.

    We use the type of styrofoam box in which fish are delivered to aquarium stores and place a thermostatically controlled heat mat at the bottom, with plastic dishes containing damp vermiculite (and the eggs) on a wire rack supported about a third of the way up the box (resting on a couple of half house-bricks!)

    The boxes we use are the size described here:

    and we make a couple of air holes in the top, and another couple in the sides.

    We use a humidity sensor to ensure that the levels are appropriate for the type of eggs we're incubating (adding dishes of water will increase humidity - increasing number of vents will decrease it) and we also have a long glass thermometer pushed through the lid, with the "bulb" positioned to give a second visual monitor of the temperature at the same level as the eggs (the first being the temperature controller we use for the on-off control of the heat mat, as that has a digital display and alarm functionality.)

    Source(s): Keeping and breeding tortoises since 1994.
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